That’s Right Nate

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A Conservative Solution to the Problem of the Elderly

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I am a big fan of John Stossel.   Frequent reader Lola has never liked my mustache, but I have to admit that John Stossel is the man who inspired me to get one and shaving it off somehow seems disloyal to him.   On a recent 20/20 special, John Stossel continues his crusade to make dried tiger sex organs readily available in this country by suggesting that the solution to the problem to endangered species’ was to eat them and create a market for their products so that people would farm them.  He also complained that America should not be giving medicare to senior citizens because it is basically a Ponzi Scheme.

Unfortunately, Stossel offers no solution to the problem of the increasing cost of keeping the elderly alive.   I think his solution for endagered species would work for the most endangered species of them all—the elderly.   Now, I know what you’re thinking.  I am not suggesting for a moment that we eat the elderly.   Many of them really do not have much meat on their bones and at their age, they would not very tender.  This would be an incredibly impractical idea.   However, many older Americans do have perfectly healthy organs that could last another 100 years even if they won’t.

Let’s face it, if you engage in certain high risk behaviors your chances of making the top of the transplant list are not great.   If you’re a smoker, they don’t want to give you new lungs and if you drink a bit on Saturday night you can forget a no liver.  Why not allow younger people to adopt a senior citizen.   They would pay for doctor’s visits and medication in exchange for the promise of an organ upon the passing of the older person.   This eliminates the need for medicare and at instead relies on the market to provide medical care for senior citizens.  In the end everybody wins.   The younger Americans paying for health care could be given frequent updates with x-rays of the organ in question so that they would know that everything is going well. Isn’t it time that we protected our greatest resources—our elderly and their perfectly functioning organs?


Written by thatsrightnate

May 16, 2009 at 11:19 am

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  1. Do you really that really old people have organs that would last real long? If I were a young person contemplating that I’d want some sort of warranty. Since, however, I’m much closer to elderly than to young, I’m willing to make a deal. What organ are you in the market for?


    May 16, 2009 at 10:04 pm

  2. I hope you don’t kill all the tigers in America.
    And I will continue my campaign for you to eliminate that mustache. Remember, Saddam had a mustache.


    May 17, 2009 at 6:14 am

  3. Zen- I’m calling dibs on spleen.

    Lola – I’m looking forward to years of McTiger Extra Value Meals. Walt Disney had a mustache too.


    May 17, 2009 at 6:22 pm

  4. So far the spleen seems to be humming along pretty efficiently. As far as I know.


    May 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm

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